Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-v

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

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Editorial Note

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pp. xi-xii

The first quotation from any particular poem or collection of poems is documented in a footnote identifying the source by editor’s name, title, and page number[s]; subsequent quotations are cited parenthetically by title and line...

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Acknowledgments

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p. xiii

This book is the fruit of many years’ labor. I am grateful to family, friends, colleagues, and students who have encouraged me, put up with me, guided me, and enriched...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer, and John Milton each revised and renewed the Judeo-Christian tradition of the sacred feminine. Rooted in the Hebrew scriptures, further developed in the New Testament, and expanded upon in the writings...

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DONNE

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pp. 13-104

John Donne’s poetics, his explorations of human sexuality and love, and his portrayals of spiritual struggle are all intricately entwined with his response to post-Reformation theological issues. Whether a Donne persona...

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LANYER

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pp. 105-214

Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum is concerned with ecclesiastical, theological, social, aesthetic, and political issues. But for Lanyer, gender is the terminus a quo for every question she considers and the....

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MILTON

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pp. 215-310

For all their boldness in poetically recasting the sacred feminine, neither John Donne nor Aemilia Lanyer was a revolutionary in the ordinary sense of the word. Donne did pose challenges to a wide variety of orthodoxies: to lyric...

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CODA: MARIAN POETICS

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pp. 311-316

John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer, and John Milton challenge their readers to rethink, from a variety of post-Reformation perspectives, the relationship between the...

Notes

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pp. 317-354

Bibliography

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pp. 355-382

Index

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pp. 383-392